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Superb Starling

Superb Starling
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 8:57
Viewed: 5070
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It can commonly be found in North East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

This species is 18 to 19 cm (7 to 7.5 inches) long. Adults have black heads and iridescent blue-to-green back, upper breast, wings, and tail. The belly is red-orange, separated from the blue breast by a white bar. The undertail coverts and the wing linings are white. Juveniles have duller plumage with no more than a suggestion of the white breast band. Their irises are brown, later grayish white, eventually the adult's cream-color.

Open scrub and woodland, including gardens and cultivated areas, most below 2200 m.
This species feeds on the ground.


The Superb Starling has a long and loud song consisting of trills and chatters. At midday it gives a softer song of repeated phrases. There are several harsh calls, the most complex of which is described as "a shrill, screeching skerrrreeee-cherrrroo-tcherreeeeeet."

(Sources: ‘Wikipedia’ and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by I Sinclair and P Ryan)

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Hello Peter,
this is very beautiful model. great shot for colorful Starling species. poV, composition, focus and eyes contact very nice. also coloration. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-01-28 9:19]

hello sir,
Fantastic picture of this starling,
Good details in the picture

Hi Peter, wonderful capture of an Ethiopian beauty with lovely pose and wonderful colours.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Peter,
a superb picture of a Superb Starling taken from an excellent low POV with good sharpness, i like the posture of this lovely bird against the grass BG in a nice composition.
TFS. Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-28 10:07]

Hi Peter,

The Superb Starling is so different from the Starlings we see here. I love the way this one is posing for you. Beautiful colors - the white eye is a big contrast to the dark head. He looks wonderful in this natural setting.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-28 10:16]

Hi Peter,
Lovely capture.Pose of bird,colors and exposure is wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-28 10:21]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb Starling ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-28 10:30]

Hi Peter. Once again such a colourful bird . I like the look on its face. Good detail andd bright colours. The eye stands out so well. all with interesting nites . well done TFS.

hello Peter

excellent photography of this African starling,
shot with fine POV, excellent luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details,
i love the expression on his look, TFS


hallo Peter
zo mooi van kleur
een plaatje
groetjes lou

Hallo Peter,
Geen falsificatie want inderdaad niet gespot in Zuid-Afrika en Namibië.:-)

wow , what a beautiful bird Peter !
colours are wonderful saturated , light is perfect and details are great ,
nice POV ,
well done !

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Superb Starling; great POV and composition, sharp details, excellent bright colours and lighting.

Hello Peter,
Super starling superb shot, well composed with a very good POV. Tanks for posting. Greetings. Ferran.

Hello Peter

Another excellent capture of an exotic looking bird.
The plumage is vivid and bright.
Wonderful eye detail.
Good low POV.


Hi Peter
The other comments say it all - a really superb shot of this most beautiful bird. TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-29 2:39]

Peter, Excellent colors and what a colorful bird. The clarity is superb with excellent composition. TFS GAnesh

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-01-29 4:50]

Hi Peter
Great presentation of a species I had never seen before.Good POV and very sharp image with great plumage detail.Colors are also outstanding.
TFS Michel

Hi Peter

Nice colours, well contrasted, a nice shot

Best regards


Hallo Peter,

Mooi genomen deze tropische spreeuw.
Prachtige kleuren en mooi standpunt.
Ook deze heb ik ooit in rrn voliere gehouden.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-29 22:20]

Hello Peter,
A lovely capture of this smart-looking Starling dressed in its best suit! Lovely shiny colours and fine charp details. A very nice low POV and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Indeed a superb shot!The name says it all!
But seriously, mate, I kinda love this one, for the simplicity and perfection in this shot, apart from the star of the shot, of course.

Hello Peter,
Superb photo of this Superb Starling,excellent focus with great details of the colorful plumage

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-30 3:50]

Hello Peter,
Though we have seen the Superb Starling several times on TN, I can't get tired of seeing this striking bird. Here you have caught in a fine pose and taken it from a great POV with fine sharpness, lighting, contrast against the grassy BG and set it in a good composition.
Thanks for displaying this beauty and have a good weekend,

Hallo Peter
Superb butler lookalike bird. It surely looks as if this bird is wearing a tailor made suite and all dressed up for the occasion, and standing all rigid and upright. The variation of “strong” colours of this birds plumage is remarkable and displays very well. I like the divisions of different colours on the plumage. It is almost like a puzzle fitting into one another just at the right place. The white eye against the black head feathers are also very striking. A lovely bird which you captured in a great pose. I like how the bird’s head is tilted slightly sideways; it looks as if it is listening to something. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hi Peter,
Beautiful caught well presented and composed with great colors and sharpness, Excellent POV. and lovely details of the plumage,
Excellent done.

Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-31 1:10]

Merhaba Peter,
Bu karenizi görmediğim için yorumsuz geçmişim. Ama gerçekten dikkat çeken çok hoş bir kuş karesi.
Canlı renkleri ve kusursuz ince ayrıntılarıyla zekle izlenen bir çalışma. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-01 9:29]

Very nice shot of this Superb Starling, Peter.
I like how you've caught it here showing off it's gorgeous colors from its breast plumage.
Very nice exposure and natural contrast, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-12 4:49]

Hello Peter,
really a superbs starling. Very beautiful feather that shines ang glitter. You composed it skilfully and present it wonderfully. Really a very excellent shot.
So rich and dense in colours.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-24 18:29]

Astounding colors Peter!!
Hard to believe this is a starling with such an array of color in it's plumage! Wonderful detail, exposure and composition!! Such an unusual looking eye spot. Well done!!

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful species.Excellent colour and sharpness.I like its majestic pose with nice bright eye.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Thanks for your comment on my last different type of picture.Take care,

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